Looking West From The Scott Monument

The landscape of Edinburgh city centre, Looking West From The Scott Monument

Edinburgh West From Scott Monument

Edinburgh West From Scott Monument

 

Heart Of Midlothian

Edinburgh! the Royal Mile – or the high street if you wish.
you may notice this mosaic patterns outside St. Giles Cathedral, – The Heart Of Midlothian. This marked the entrance of a 15th century Toll booth,  (demolished ~1817). The administrative center of the town, where proclamations were read aloud, taxes collected and the codenamed executed. a very frightening place indeed.

heart of midlothian high street

heart of midlothian high street

The building also features in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, The Heart of Midlothian, published in 1818.
and the name of one of Edinburgh’s Football Teams.

you may also see people spit at the center, this could be interpreted as a  sign of disdain to the goverment, the taxes collected, or the people executed, it really depends on whom one asks.

Forth Bridge Now A World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge Now A World Heritage Site.

Forth Bridge - Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge – Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

The Forth Bridge has become the sixth Scottish landmark to be awarded Unesco World Heritage Site status.

The decision was announced at a meeting in the German city of Bonn after the UN’s cultural committee spent more than a year considering its nomination.

World heritage status is given to sites of “outstanding universal value” with the aim of protecting them for future generations.

The distinctive red bridge has carried trains over the Forth since 1890.
Full link BBC

Forth Bridge Panoramic - Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge Panoramic – Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge Now A World Heritage Site

Construction : 1882
Total length : 2,529 m
Bridge type : Cantilever bridge
Height : 110 m
Architects : Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet, Benjamin Baker
Location : Edinburgh, Fife, United Kingdom

http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/

Mini Kelpies statues

Mini Kelpies Statues have been installed the west end of princes street, they are smaller versions of their siblings through in Falkirk.  The mini Keplies will remain there until the end of the Edinburgh festival.

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

For the non Scottish, a Kelpie is a mythical water spirit they normally take the form of a horse, you have a urge to mount and ride the beautiful beast, however when mounted there is no escape!  They will bolt to the nearest loch or body of water dragging you to the depth and your eventual death.

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

Mini kelpies

Mini kelpies

I think these are wonderful, it would be great if they found a permanent home here in Edinburgh.

Swans and their Cygnets

Found in Figgate park, Edinburgh.  A couple of swans and their soft wee Cygnets…

Figgate Park - Wildlife, Swans

Figgate Park – Wildlife, Swans

Figgate Park lies in the east of Edinburgh, nestled neatly between Duddingston and Portobello. It is almost exactly a kilometre long, west to east, from Duddingston road to Baileyfield Road, following the line of the Figgate Burn. It’s a lovely wee place full of wonderful wildlife. including Swans and their Cygnets

Flowers at The Royal Botanic Garden

Lots of unique flowers and plants can be found at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, here we have the Columnea oerstediana.

Columnea oerstediana

Columnea oerstediana

you can fine the Royal Botanic Garens @ Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
more photos will be added later

Inchcolm Island

I took a wee trip out to Inchcolm island, technical not Edinburgh but South Queensferry… but I’ll add a few pics just now…. more later

Look at this Seal, He/She looks so happy with its self… a bonny wee creature.

Happy Seal

Happy Seal

This is Inchcolm abbey, dating back to the twelfth century

Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey